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Well I routed the end of my finger off and it was done without the necessary thinking that should have preceded the effort. I started on the wrong side of the table , it is connected to my saw and I started on the side of the saw that your on when you saw a board , which was in my case the wrong feed side of the router.
I make pottery for a living and I need my hands for my work and I play guitar, I use the finger (middle right) to play the guitar with, I use a finger picking style playing the guitar. I went to the hand specialist and and he told me He could skin graph it or let it heal and both ways would take about 5 weeks. It was a completely open wound for those five weeks (it was the fingerprint part of the finger and some of its length) They took the finger nail off and clipped the tip of the the bone ,which was partially ground up and the router broke the bone also.
This was a bad mistake, I started to early in the day, before I was bright eyed. I thought it was the way to do this part that I was working on. It wasn't. I don't feel like the brightest bulb on the tree right now but I thought this might make someone prethink their moves before you do them. Think twice cut once. It is two months now and I am able to carefully use my hand. The guitar will take 5 months the specialist says and when I play the skin might not be able to take the strings and If thats the case they will then use a skin graph. I think in another month I will be able to throw pots. As you can see it stole a big part of my life from me and I hope this will make you think first.
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Sorry for your loss but hopefully it will make someone else think more about what they are doing so it doesn't happen to them.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Sorry to hear about Your accident, Hope everyone reads this and thinks a little more about what they are doing ,always think things through

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I'm sorry to hear of your injury but thank you for sharing your story, Jon. Hopefully it'll make us all sharpen our safety skills a bit.

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Oh, ouch!!

Sorry to hear this.
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Thanks fo sharing. A warning to us all to be safe
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It's like owning a Grizzly Bear. As soon as you stop respecting it's power and turn your back, it'll remind you of why you shouldn't of. Many of us have had close calls. Usually, when we're working too fast. I'm glad it wasn't worse. Take Care and don't worry, you'll adapt. Thank you for sharing, I'm sure it will help others.
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Well I routed the end of my finger off and it was done without the necessary thinking that should have preceded the effort. I started on the wrong side of the table , it is connected to my saw and I started on the side of the saw that your on when you saw a board , which was in my case the wrong feed side of the router.
I make pottery for a living and I need my hands for my work and I play guitar, I use the finger (middle right) to play the guitar with, I use a finger picking style playing the guitar. I went to the hand specialist and and he told me He could skin graph it or let it heal and both ways would take about 5 weeks. It was a completely open wound for those five weeks (it was the fingerprint part of the finger and some of its length) They took the finger nail off and clipped the tip of the the bone ,which was partially ground up and the router broke the bone also.
This was a bad mistake, I started to early in the day, before I was bright eyed. I thought it was the way to do this part that I was working on. It wasn't. I don't feel like the brightest bulb on the tree right now but I thought this might make someone prethink their moves before you do them. Think twice cut once. It is two months now and I am able to carefully use my hand. The guitar will take 5 months the specialist says and when I play the skin might not be able to take the strings and If thats the case they will then use a skin graph. I think in another month I will be able to throw pots. As you can see it stole a big part of my life from me and I hope this will make you think first.
OUCH !!! Been there done that. Not the wrong way, but just a piece of wood too short and too big a gap between the bit and the fence. And it goes so FAST, ??? just what happened. I was lucky, just the nail and a few stitches. and think.
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Sorry to read your story and get well soon. Been there, done that! Wasn't happy with the results. For years I felt as if I was able to pick a lock with my Rt. hands index finger, WOAH! Took years to heal. That was 40 years ago and I still have 'em all, count 'em 1-10 and I'm real happy. Keep the chips flyin'
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Sorry to hear about your mishap. My brother, who plays mandolin, did the same on his left hand. After 2 years, he has recovered and adjusted and his playing is as good as ever. Hand in there.
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